A 31-year-old convicted pedophile was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to undergo hormonal treatment intended to suppress sexual desires, the first such sentencing since the unorthodox punishment was approved in South Korea, according to Yonhap News.
The punishment of “chemical castration” was put into law last July and applies to convicted child molesters over the age of 19 who are viewed as a potential repeat offenders.
The defendant, only known by his surname Pyo, was charged with having sex with five teenagers whom he met through a smartphone chat service six times between November 2011 and May 2012. Pyo then threatened to circulate online video footage of them engaged in sexual acts and nude photos of the minors, and also raped them by threatening them with deadly weapons.
After diagnosing Pyo with sexual desire disorder through a medical examination, prosecutors requested in August that the Seoul Southern District Court issue the order.
“(Pyo) committed the crimes against multiple victims for a long period of time. (The court) deems that he has a distorted sexual awareness and excessive sexual desire, which makes it impossible for him to control sexual impulses by himself,” Judge Kim Ki-young said in his ruling.
South Korea is the first Asian country to utilize the treatment. It is currently being employed by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and U.S. states California and Florida.